It’s a sensation! Since it’s launch, only a few short months ago, The Mrs. Box has already become a wedding industry favorite—not to mention something of a social media celebrity. Here at MaeMae, we’re proud to say we saw this coming from a million miles away. When Summer Watkins, owner and designer of The Mrs. Box came to us last spring to create her product branding and packaging, we knew she was on to something special. She had identified a hole in the marketplace—the perfect little package for every girls’ prized possession—her engagement ring. Summer (many of you may know her as lady Grey) lives and breathes her personal and editorial style—colorful and feminine, elegant with a playful, modern flair. Her new venture, The Mrs. Box, is no exception and we were thrilled when she approached us to create its branding and packaging. We’ve been lucky enough to work with Summer to infuse her style into the branding and blog design of her company, Grey Like Weddings and her own wedding invitations as featured in Martha Stewart this past fall. Summer loved her wedding invitations so much that she wanted to carry some of the illustration elements through into The Mrs. Box branding. The perfectly sweet, petite ring boxes come in a bright, rainbow of limited edition hues. Covered in vintage, french silk-velvet, the palette will change seasonally as each color sells out. So, one of our goals when creating packaging was to build a presentation box and shipping materials capable of supporting and representing the ever-changing product colors. So, we kept the palette to a minimal white, grey and gold foil and we reimagined a crest and shield for the collateral and embellished on it to create an elegant lattice pattern, designed a super-flirty gem sticker and a perfectly elegant foil-stamped box. Here’s a glimpse at the project. You can see more in our branding portfolio, or you could always just order your box today to see for yourself. Now, if only it weren’t so hard to choose just one color…


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Last July my dear friend Summer married Bryan (see their stunning wedding in the latest Martha!!!) and I was so honored to be a part of the celebration as her matron of honor! A few months before the big day I threw her a bridal shower with the help of my amazing and talented friend, Jocelyn, from 1703 Event Studios (a Southern California event production studio), along with Sum’s sister’s (also matrons of honor!), the other beautiful bridesmaids, and other talented vendor/friends. The shower was in Huntington Beach, CA and since I was planning from Minneapolis, Jocelyn and the other ladies were such a gigantic help and made my vision come to life through cheeky decorations, fun activities and amazing food.

For this smooch-themed party, I used the phrase “Summer is kissing her single life goodbye” to set the tone through really playful stationery with lots of lips and stripes (Summer’s favorite). The pink and mint square invitations were flat printed on thick cotton paper and a separate card noted the couple’s registry, saying the “lovely bride is working on completing a home fit for a Mrs.” At the shower, a seating chart, table numbers, photo booth backdrop, snack bags further supported the theme throughout the day.

My crazy talented flower wielding friend, Lauryl Lane created gorgeous floral arrangements with peonies (another favorite of Summer’s), jasmine, maidenhair fern and ranunculus, while Summer’s sisters and brother-in-law made all of the sweet and savory food, including (amazing) truffle popcorn, parmesan crisps and Neapolitan flatbread. Activities included a lash and lip bar by the amazing Fiore Beauty team and an instant camera photo booth in front of the huge photo backdrop I printed (at Kinkos! score!). The guests then glued their photo into an album alongside personalized advice for Summer. Summer loved the idea so much we did something similar at the wedding too :) More to come on all the photos of the wedding stationery soon!!

Highlight: the bridesmaids all wore coordinating pink and mint colors – unplanned! Summer knows how to pick stylish friends.

Thank you for the beautiful images, Emily! See even more photos over at Martha Stewart Weddings!

Contributing vendors included:
Stationery: MaeMae & Co.
Location: Lake Park Clubhouse
Event Planning: 1703 Event Studios
Flowers: Lauryl Lane
Photography: Emily Blake
Lip & Lash Bar: Fiore Beauty
Rentals: Found Vintage Rentals, Chiavari Chairs for Rent, La Tavola Fine Linen, Signature Party Rental

Champagne: One Hope



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Martha Stewart Wedding / Real Weddings Special Issue 2012 / Quimby Reception Card

Weddings in Winnipeg / February 2012 / Ronnie (such a great coverboy!) / Violet / Marlowe Panel Invitation

Utterly Engaged / Vol. 3 No. 20 / Portraits by Charley Star / view full article here

Oh Joy / April 6, 2012 / read full post here

Daily Candy / Office Accessories That Work / Marlowe Address Kit / read full post here

Always so grateful to have MaeMae featured. I pretty much screamed when I saw that Ronnie got onto the cover of a magazine! He’s such a stud.

Oftentimes I try to push suggest new ideas to clients for printing or presentation. Dana was such a champ and jumped on board with the stamp invitation idea. I first made a rough design in the computer and after editing that together I hand drew the invitation, extra info piece, and address stamp to make them feel, well, hand-drawn. Those designs were turned into a huge stamp, medium stamp, and little stamp respectively that Dana and her bridesmaids stamped onto kraft paper. Yay, baby.

See this wedding and my stamped invitations on both the
Martha Stewart Weddings and
Green Wedding Shoes.

Photos of my work by moi, other photos by
Sean Walker, and the signage is by
Kelli Murray.

I saw someone post about the new
Martha Stewart Magazine on Saturday right before I was headed off to a friend’s wedding. I dropped everything, hustled to Target and frantically started thumbing through the pages to find – yes! – there was my stamp !!!! I think I was smiling for about an hour straight after that (and then smiled more at the wedding after, of course!) Mind you I had an alarm set to go off Monday since I thought that’s when it was coming out, so when the alarm went off yesterday I just smiled and looked over at the mag on my desk.

Two years ago I made a list of goals for my business and emailed them to Jae. When shuffling through his desk a few weeks ago I found the email printed out and as I looked through the goals for each year I was so happy to see I was keeping up with my dreams! These were my 2011 goals:

1. build wedding line of 20 suites (done!)
2. get featured in Martha Stewart weddings (done!)
3. visit the National Stationery Show (done!)

Thank you to all of my supporters and friends out there for encouraging me and helping me achieve my goals! Time to start dreaming some more up…

If you want to get the stamp that is in the new Martha Stewart Weddings issue please enter “dreams” at checkout for 20% off your order.

Hello, Bloggies!! I missed you all and am excited to be back in action. The first half of this year has been formative, challenging, and joyous. I became an aunt to the sweetest little girl, Ava Jayne, I spent Mother’s Day with mom for the first time in six years, I traveled to NYC and feel in love with a new city, eight stores across the country will be carrying my new wedding stationery collection in September (!!), I am returning to the Valley Ho in Scottsdale for an early third wedding anniversary this week with Jae, and my fabulous intern, Katie, has agreed to stay on as my assistant! WOW WOW WOW! Glory!
I had the privilege of working with Enjoy Events Co. on a shoot for Martha Stewart’s Wedding Blog that was posted last Friday. I have to say that my eyes were kind of bugging out of my head as I looked through the gorgeous work that Megan + Emily had put together and the beautiful way that Kate captured it all. I am obsessed with the violin casts! AH! How do you even find that?! I love how the shoot is a great mix of interesting textures and themes that fit so perfectly together – not matchy matchy. The stationery is from the Dakota suite and I will be sharing the inspo board on Friday.
Planning + Styling :  Enjoy Events Co.
Photography :  Kate Harrison
Location :  Swarm Gallery
Rentals :  Archive Vintage Rentals
Flowers :  Florali
Papergoods :  MaeMae Paperie !!
Brides Dress :  Sarah Seven
Tabletop :  Classic Party Rentals and  West Elm
Model : Wonderful, beautiful Megan
Artist (wood blocks): Amanda Williams (Chicago, IL), “My Grandmother Was Not One to Repeat Herself”
(2011)Artist (violins):  April Banks (Oakland, CA ), “Possession is Nine Tenths” (2011)